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Curious on the Census

RECEIVED Wed., June 30, 2021

Hi Chronicle and Lina Fisher,
    I am curious what the source is for the claim that Travis County is the only urban county to beat their 2010 SRR Census numbers. ["Despite Disaster, Austin Leveled Up in the 2020 Census," news, June 25] If you review this map – censushardtocountmaps2020.us – it shows that Bexar, Tarrant, Fort Bend, and Williamson are all urban counties whose 2020 SRR surpassed 2010. What information is the Chronicle and Travis County looking at?
Thanks,
Crystal

Love Advice?

RECEIVED Mon., June 28, 2021

Dear Luv Doc,
    I grew up in Austin, and the Chronicle IS one of my favorite things about this place.
    BUT, and forgive me if you've already explained this:
    What happened to "News of the Weird"? That was what I LOVED most about the Chronicle.
Thanks, Matthew Martin
   Publisher Nick Barbaro says: Chuck Shepherd, the creator and author of "NOTW," retired a few years ago. We sampled the replacement column that is syndicated under the same name, but decided not to renew.

Even More ATX Hip-Hop

RECEIVED Fri., June 25, 2021

Dear Editor,
    We are that last question mark on the cover of Austin hip hop artist cover! ["21 Austin Rappers in Know in '21," Music, June 25] Our work speaks for itself! We’ve been silent and patient ... but can we get our flowers too :/ ??
King Tez & $tukeyy

More ATX Hip-Hop

RECEIVED Fri., June 25, 2021

Dear Editor,
    My name is Tvlormvde (tay-lor-made). I've been covered by you guys before, but I think we might need a re-introduction. I'm an alternative rap artist living out here in Austin working with top industry producers getting ready to take over the world with my new spin on hip-hop music. I have developed a small online following and recently dropped an amazing music video "Nurse Joy" on Youtube. I'm about to release an EP on July 23rd and I'm telling you right now it's amazing and will change the world. I'm in your backyard; don't be a stranger.
Tvlormvde

Don't Close Your Eyes

RECEIVED Thu., June 24, 2021

Dear Editor,
    To our everlasting shame we, the people of the United States, have fostered institutionalized child abuse on a wholesale basis. It’s not one child, 10 children, nor even a hundred children, but in excess of five thousand children are being abused by our government and we are turning a blind eye to it even though it has been thrust in our faces.
    Whether you agree with the administration’s immigration policy or not, every one of us is aware that the migrant children are being held in horrific conditions that would not be tolerated in the worst slums in the United States. Cold, poor or undercooked food, abysmal sanitary conditions, mental abuse, and inadequate sleeping conditions are only the tip of the iceberg. The people responsible know their culpability since the first thing they do is remove belts and shoe laces to prevent suicides.
    If any of this were happening in our own city, we would demand that child protective services be called to investigate and bring the guilty parties to answer for their crimes. Even within the prison systems, humane conditions for the treatment of felons are monitored by the state health department. Why then isn’t a squadron of state and federal police being dispatched to break the cone of silence that the perpetrators have put over these gulags?
    Armed with search warrants, the press, and cameras, these child abuse sites should be raided.
    Can anyone of us not claim that this isn’t a crime against humanity? All that evil requires is that good people do nothing. Then again, if I close my eyes, it will all go away!
Mark E. Ogram
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